HEART OF PRAYER

 

THE HEART OF PRAYER

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The Baal Shem Tov’s Teachings on Prayer

5.a2 Praying for the Shechinah’s suffering to subside.

A wise person knows that all of their own suffering also causes pain to the Divine Presence, as it says in the Talmud, “When a person is in pain, what does the Shechinah say? ‘My head hurts me! My arm hurts me!'”1 Thus, if the wise person prays for the Shechinah’s suffering to subside, their own suffering will abate as well.
Toldos Yaakov Yosef, Beshalach

1Talmud Sanhedrin 46a

Translation and Commentary by Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Shore

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